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Development of Preliminary VERA-CS Crud Induced Localized Corrosion Modeling Capability...

Publication Type
Conference Paper
Journal Name
Advances in Thermal Hydraulics
Publication Date
Page Numbers
1257 to 1270
Conference Name
Advances in Thermal Hydraulics (ATH 2018)
Conference Location
Orlando, Florida, United States of America
Conference Sponsor
American Nuclear Society
Conference Date

The Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL) is developing multiphysics core-simulator software for light water reactor (LWR)s known as VERA-CS in order to improve the state-of-the art in modeling and simulation of challenge problems that are limiting to the nuclear industry. One of these challenge problems includes fuel rod crud deposition, which can lead to crud-induced power shift (CIPS) and crud-induced localized corrosion (CILC). This paper documents work that was done to develop a preliminary CILC-modeling capability in VERA-CS in support of the crud challenge problem. The CILC capabilities were developed by coupling VERA-CS to the CASL-developed Cicada code, which provides 1D and 3D clad conduction and oxide growth modeling tools as well as coupling to the CASL-developed MAMBA code, which is used for modeling clad crud deposition. An approach called rod thermal-hydraulic
reconstruction (ROTHCON) was developed and integrated into VERA-CS. This allows the modeler to capture spacer-grid turbulence and heat transfer e ects in the CTF subchannel code so that the spatial resolution of crud and oxide rod surface growth could be better resolved. After implementing these capabilities, several assessments were performed to ensure the capabilities function as expected and a pin-resolved, quarter-core simulation was run as a demonstration.